Energetic Einsteins
Facilitating Educational Partnerships and Outreach Opportunities for Scientists

Who We Are

WHO ARE WE:     Energetic Einsteins is a program formed by the faculty of the Institute for Biomedical Philosophy to facilitate Educational Partnerships and Outreach Opportunities for Scientists.  Bouncing Brainiacs is the Neuroscience Education branch of Energetic Einsteins.

Our programs utilize current scientific content and are directed by doctoral level faculty committed to improving the scientific literacy of students and the general public.  Our faculty provide services to enhance science education by facilitating the development of research-based programs and appropriate laboratory facilities for families or organizations.

Physical Location 2101 Sunnydale Blvd Unit C,  Clearwater, Fl 33765

If you are familiar with the area, it is very near the Long Center.   Sunnydale Blvd is a short cross street that connects Hercules and Belcher, just south of Sunset Point road. If you are turning off of Belcher, Queens Pizza is on that corner, and if you are turning off of Hercules, a small post office and a bowling alley are on that corner. There is a health food store (with a green awing) called Green Spring Health Products at the front of the building we are in.

Recently Published Chapter

Using Inland and Costal Citizen Science Opportunities to Study Marine Food Webs

by Melissa K. Demetrikopoulos, Lee G. Morris, and Wesley D. Thompson

Institute for Biomedical Philosophy, Dunedin, FL

Rubric for student presentations for this chapter

Upcoming Book (2015)

Interplay of Creativity and Giftedness in Science


Melissa K. Demetrikopoulos Ph.D. and John L. Pecore Ph.D.

Institute for Biomedical Philosophy

Objective of the Book:
  This book will explore the interplay of creativity and giftedness in the teaching and practice of science.  While it is well established that successful scientists are intellectually gifted, the interaction of creativity with giftedness in the scientific arena is less well described.  This is a critically important area since it has been suggested that creativity is what separates good scientists from truly great scientists who can open up new avenues of investigation.

The aims of this book are as follows:

  • To serve as a vehicle to focus discussion on the interplay of giftedness and creativity within the scientific enterprise
  • To provide evidence and theoretical constructs which can be used to adjust learning environments to be conducive to the development of superior scientists
  • To provide evidence and theoretical constructs which can be used to adjust trajectory for future and working scientists

Recent Presentations on Gifted Education

by Energetic Einsteins Faculty


Pecore, J.L, Thompson, W.D., Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Importance of Focusing on the Higher Level Process Skills of Science During Science Instruction for Gifted Learners, The Association for Science Teacher Education, Clearwater, FL, January 2012.

Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Thompson, W.D., Morris, L.G., Pecore, J.L. Scientific Process and Learning the Habits of Scientists Essential in the Teaching of Neuroscience to Gifted Students, Society for Neuroscience, Washington D.C. November, 2011.

Demetrikopoulos, MK, Pecore, JL, Morris, LG, Thompson WD, Gifted Student Participation in Public Education Outreach for Brain Awareness Week, Society for Neuroscience Brain Awareness Week Meeting, Washington D.C. November, 2011.

Demetrikopoulos, MK, Pecore, JL, Morris, LG, Thompson WD Modification of Marine Science Education to Meet the Needs of Gifted Learners, Florida Marine Science Educators Association, Jacksonville, FL, May 2011.

Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Pecore, J.L., Morris, L.G., & Thompson, W.D.  Focus on Gifted Students and Intergenerational Learning for Brain Awareness Week.  Society for Neuroscience Brain Awareness Week Meeting, San Diego, CA, Nov, 2010. 




Demetrikopoulos, M.K. and Morris, L.G., (2004) Crabby Behavior at the Beach: A Comparison of Hermit, Fiddler and Blue Crabs, Current: The Journal of Marine Education, 20(2), 28-34.

Rose, J.D., Zardetto-Smith, A.M., Mu, K., and Demetrikopoulos, M.K.  (2004) Reverse your science fair with educational partnerships Science Scope, 27(6), 16-19.

Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Parlier, D., Calwell, H.K., Rose, J.D., Frantz, K.J., and Carruth, L.L. (2004) Flexible Professional Development, Science Scope, 27(5), 16-19.

               Parlier D.,and Demetrikopoulos, M.K. (2004) A Touch of Neuroscience, Science Scope, 28(2), 48-50.

 Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Morris, L.G. Fobbs, A.J., and Johnson,J.I., (2005) The Marine Mammal Brain Game, The Science Teacher, July/August, 24-29.

Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Pecore, J., Rose, J.D., L.G. Fobbs, A.J., Johnson, J.I. and Carruth, L.L., (2006) Build a Brain Project:  Students Design and Model the Brain of an Imaginary Animal, Science Scope, 29, 28-31.

Frantz, K.J., DeHaan, R.L., Demetrikopoulos, M.K., and Carruth, L.L. (2006) Routes to Research for Novice Undergraduate Neuroscientists, Cell Biology Education-Life Sciences Education, 5, 175-187.

Morris, L.G. and Demetrikopoulos, M.K. (2006) Mollusk Mania! A Comparison Game with Three Classes of Mollusks, Current: The Journal of Marine Education, 22(3), 32-39.

 Pecore, J., Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Frantz, K.J., (2007) Student-Centered Deliberations of Ethical Care and Use of Animals, The American Biology Teacher, 69(7), 416-421.   

 Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Datta, P., Pecore, J., Lamas, C.,Thompson, W.D., Wright, M., and Morris, L.G. (2007) Oceanography for Pre-K-Third Grade Current:  The Journal of Marine Education,23(2), 42-46.

Research Publications


Flaherty, C. F., Grigson, P. S., & Demetrikopoulos, M. K.  (1987)  Effect of clonidine on negative contrast and novelty-induced stress.  Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 27, 659-664.

Demetrikopoulos, M. K.,  (1989) Effect of insulin dose, CS exposure time, and environmental novelty on the expression of glycemic conditioning. Masters Thesis, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

Flaherty, C. F., Grigson, P.S., Demetrikopoulos, M. K., Weaver, M.S., Krauss, K.L., & Rowan, G.A.  (1990)  Effect of Serotonergic drugs on negative contrast in consummatory behavior.  Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 36, 799-806.

Keller, S. E., Schleifer, S. J., & Demetrikopoulos, M. K. (1991)  Stress-induced changes in immune function in animals:  Hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal influences. In R. Ader, D.L. Felton, & N. Cohen (Eds.)  Psychoneuroimmunology 2nd Ed. (pp. 771-787) San Diego:Academic Press.    

Siegel, A., & Demetrikopoulos, M. K. (1993) Hormones and Aggression. In J. Shulkin (Ed.) Hormonally Induced Changes in Mind and Brain (pp. 99-127) San Diego:Academic Press.

Demetrikopoulos, M.K. (1994) The Role of the Periaqueductal Gray in Stress-Induced Immune Suppression.  Doctoral Dissertation, UMDNJ, Newark, NJ.

Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Siegel, A., Schleifer, S.J., Obedi, J., & Keller, S.E. (1994) Electrical Stimulation of the Dorsal Midbrain Periaqueductal Gray Suppresses Peripheral Blood Natural Killer Cell Activity.  Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 8, 218-228.

Bartlett, J. A., Schleifer, S.J., Demetrikopoulos, M.K., & Keller, S.E.,  (1995) Immune Differences in Children With and Without Depression.  Biological Psychiatry, 38, 771-4.

Weiss, J. M., Demetrikopoulos, M.K., West, C.H.K., & Bonsall, R.W. (1995/1996)  Hypothesis Linking the Noradrenergic and Dopaminergic Systems in Depression.  Depression, 3, 225-245.

Bartlett, J.A., Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Schleifer, S.J., & Keller, S.E. (1996) Stress, Depression, Mood, and Immunity.  In C.R. Pfeffer (Ed.)  Severe Stress and Mental Disturbance in Children,  American Psychiatric Press.

Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Keller, S.E., & Schleifer, S.J. (1996) StreBeffekte auf Immunfunktionen bei Nagetieren (Stress Effects on Immune Function in Rodents). In M. Schedlowski, & U. Tewes (Eds).  Psychoneuroimmunologie, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg.

Bartlett, J.A., Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Schleifer, S.J., & Keller, S.E.  (1997) Phagocytosis and Killing of Staphylococcus aureus:  Effects of Stress and Depression in Children. Clinical & Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology, 4, 362-366.

Bartlett, J.A., Schleifer, S.J., Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Delaney, B.R., Shiflett, S.C., & Keller, S.E.  (1998) Immune Function in Healthy Adolescents. Clinical & Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology, 5, 105-113.

Weiss, J.M., Bonsall, R.W., Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Emery, M.S., & West, C.H.K. (1998) Galanin: A significant role in depression?.  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 863, 364-382.

Quan, N., Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Zhang, Z., Kitson, R.P., Chambers, W.H., Goldfarb, R.H., & Weiss, J.M.  (1999) Evidence for involvement of B Lymphocytes in the surveillance of lung metastasis in the rat. Cancer Research, 59, 1080-1089.

Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Keller, S.E., & Schleifer, S.J. (1999) Stress Effects on Immune Function in Rodents. In M. Schedlowski, & U. Tewes (Eds).  Psychoneuroimmunology:  An Interdisciplinary Introduction,(259-275) Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press.

Demetrikopoulos, M.K. (2000) Metastasization, In G. Fink (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Stress, (Vol 2, 750-753) Academic Press, San Diego, CA.

Weiss, J.M., Demetrikopoulos, M.K., McCurdy, P.M., West, C.H.K., & Bonsall, R.W. (2000) Depression seen through an animal model:  An expanded hypothesis of pathophysiology and improved models.  In R.J. Davidson (Ed.).Anxiety, Depression, and Emotion, Oxford University Press.

Poyner, D., Cox, H., Bushfield, M., Treherne, M., & Demetrikopoulos, M.K. (2000) Neuropeptides in drug research Progress in Drug Research 54, 121-149.

Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Weiss, J.M., & Goldfarb R. Environmental factors and disease:  Stress and cancer. (2000) In B.S. McEwen (Ed.) Handbook of Physiology  Section 7:  The Endocrine System Vol IV:  Coping with the Environment., Oxford University Press.

Demetrikopoulos, M.K., Goldfarb, R.H., Zhang, Z., & Weiss, J.M. (2000) Blood level of B and CD4+ lymphocytes measured before induction of an experimental tumor in rats predicts tumor progression and survival Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 9(6), 609-17.

Demetrikopoulos, M.K. Siegel, A.  Aggression and Immune Function, In A. Siegel, Neurobiology of Aggression and Rage (2004) CRC Press.

Demetrikopoulos, M.K. Siegel, A.  Aggression and Hormonal Status, In A. Siegel, Neurobiology of Aggression and Rage (2004) CRC Press.

Weiss JM, Boss-Williams KA, Moore JP, Demetrikopoulos MK, Ritchie JC, West CH. (2005)  Testing the hypothesis that locus coeruleus hyperactivity produces depression-related changes via galanin., Neuropeptides.39(3):281-7.

Demetrikopoulos, M.K. (2007) Metastasization, In G. Fink (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Stress 2nd edition,  Academic Press, San Diego, CA.


For more information about any of our programs or to discuss custom programs to meet your needs, please contact:

Melissa K. Demetrikopoulos, Ph.D.
Director of Scientific Communications
Chair, Division of Program Development and Assessment
Energetic Einsteins
P.O. Box 1528
Dunedin, FL 34697